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NWU submits recognition claims on behalf of Karib Cable and Alternative Security Services Ltd employees

The National Workers Union (NWU) has submitted two recognition claims to the Ministry of Labour on behalf of workers employed with Karib Cable and Alternative Security Services Ltd. These claims conveyed that the groups of workers have joined the National Workers Union and that the union’s submission is in keeping with the Labour Act No. 37 of 2006 section 357. ...

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Back pay delayed until end of August

The Ministry of Public Service has promised that back pay owed to daily paid and non-established workers will be issued by the end of August. The workers are now expected to settle back on the job after threatening industrial action last Wednesday. They had been told by letter that the monies would have been paid by July 31. However, no ...

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Digicel Roadshow bring fans easy access to CPLT20 cricket tickets

As the much anticipated local round of matches of the exciting Limacol Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) T20 Cricket tournament gets ready to bowl off on Simply Beautiful St. Lucia, thousands of eager cricket fans armed with tickets in hand, are expected to pack the Beausejour Cricket Grounds (BCG). That’s due to the latest extraordinary effort on the part of an ...

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1000 persons to benefit in the ‘Bring your Best Friend for Free’ promotion

As more matches are played and the excitement bubbles over in the red hot Limacol Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) Twenty/20 Cricket tournament, the region’s leading telecommunications provider Digicel in collaboration with the St. Lucia Zouks Franchise, is making it even more extraordinary with the launch of the ‘Bring your Best Friend for Free’ promotion. The ‘Bring your Best Friend for ...

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Coconut Bay deepens collaboration with local private sector

Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa continues its programme of collaboration with the local private sector with the recent hosting of a major National Hair Show in partnership with local distributor Atwell Dalgliesh Co. Ltd at the hotel. The hair show entitled ‘ORS Curls Unleashed Meet Up’ was organized with the objective of educating hair stylists and consumers about natural ...

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Five-star resort the Landings reports success under new management

Local five-star resort the Landings, St Lucia is reporting success after less than a year under new management. According to a release, the resort attracted a record number of visitors since the new team was installed on December 1, 2012. St Lucian-born Executive Director Oliver Gobat heads the new team with Lyle Pauls as General Manager. They, along with the ...

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Recognition matter between Renwick and NWU to be resolved soon

A meeting between Acting Labour Commissioner George Melchoir and President General and Secretary General of the National Workers Union (NWU), Tyrone Maynard and George Goddard Jr. conveyed full assurance that the recognition matter between Renwick & Co. Ltd and the NWU will be resolved shortly. Mark Maraj, the company’s lawyer, has indicated willingness to have this matter resolved. A date ...

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CHEMICO introduces revolutionary cleaning products to St. Lucia

Chemical Manufacturing & Investment Company Ltd (CHEMICO) will introduce the softer side to St. Lucia as the Company teams up with the Husky Brand to demonstrate a revolutionary concept in cleaning. For nearly fifty years, Canberra Corporation has been a leading manufacturer of cleaning chemicals for the commercial, institutional and industrial markets. Mr. Thomas Roserie, managing Director of CHEMICO, is ...

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LIME steps up for Comfort Bay

Comfort Bay Senior Citizens’ Home can now provide more comfort to its residents and staff thanks to another donation from LIME. The Home, located in Black Bay, Laborie, was the recipient of a US $1000 donation from the telecommunications giant in collaboration with the Caribbean Cable TV Association. The cheque presentation was made during a small ceremony held at the ...

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LIME TV brings live LCPL cricket action to Saint Lucian viewers!

LIME TV is bringing live cricket coverage of the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL) T20 Tournament to homes and business places across Saint Lucia to ensure that cricket fans don’t miss out on the Caribbean’s hottest cricket event. This is great news For LIME TV customers, as Saint Lucia’s leading cable TV network will be beaming uninterrupted ball-by-ball play ...

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Digicel gets ready to stage the biggest party in sport

After months of preparation and planning, time is drawing ever closer towards Digicel St Lucia hosting one of the most exciting sporting series in the region – the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty/20. Great cricket entertainment, live musical performances, thrilling dancers and loads of giveaways are slated to be part of the three match days. Early August will be an ...

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This summer Digicel gives customers extraordinary cash prizes

The ‘Be Extraordinary’ network Digicel this summer, will like never before…give back to its valued customers with Free Cash Giveaways. Continuing to exceed the expectations of prepaid and postpaid customers, two persons every single weekday will walk away with $500 each in cold hard cash. Digicel for the past 10 years has rewarded its customers by giving away wonderfully prizes. ...

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LIME presents six more scholarships

Every year the company awards scholarships to children of its staff members who perform outstandingly at the Common Entrance Examinations, under the LIME Scholarship Award Program. Over 75 children have benefitted from the program since it was established in 1995. Prior to this week, nine secondary students and a further six at the tertiary level were already on LIME scholarships. ...

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Smartphones just got smarter with LIME!

LIME, the Caribbean’s leading full-service telecommunications provider, has established yet another service innovation for its customers with the introduction of ‘MyLIME Mobile,’ a new smartphone widget that gives its mobile customers across the region more freedom to access services through LIME’s self-service Interactive Voice Response (IVR) platform. MyLIME Mobile is designed for use on mobile devices with Android, Apple iOS ...

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NIC workers unanimously give required authorization

Workers employed island-wide with the management of National Insurance Corporation at Vieux Fort, Soufriere, Rodney and Castries have voted unanimously, authorizing the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) to hand over all requested documents to the National Workers Union (NWU). This decision was made at a general meeting of the workers on Monday, July 29, 2013. The documents in question relate to: ...

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Local author releases newest novel

Author Joana James, a native and resident of Saint Lucia, has released her latest clean romance novel, Romeo’s Redemption. This is Joana’s fourth fiction title and her seventh book overall. Joana published her first book, Alana & Alyssa’s Secret in August 2011 using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. Since then she has not looked back, publishing a Christian Devotional series alongside ...

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NWU sends complaint letter to minister of labour

The National Workers Union (NWU) has accused the Ministry of Labour of hindering its industrial relations by failing to respond to recognition claims it submitted to it in May and June 2013. The NWU took this grievance to the Minister of Labour Lewis in a letter dated July 26, 2013. According to the letter, the first of two claims was ...

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LIME supports 2013 ACLALS conference and Derek Walcott premier

LIME and 1st National Bank are teaming up to provide support to the 2013 ACLALS Conference, and the staging of the Caribbean premiere of Derek Walcott’s newest play, ‘O Starry Starry Night’. Both events are scheduled be held in Saint Lucia from August 5-9.  The Caribbean’s leading Telecommunications Company is a co-presenting sponsor of the conference which is being hosted ...

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Getting more from your business with LIME and Mitel

Businesses are always looking for ways to get better networks, to get more out of their existing communications solutions, to make various locations work together better and to converge office and mobile solutions. With a recent activity staged with one its major partners at Cotton Bay Resort this week, LIME hopes to have ticked all of those boxes. Saint Lucia’s ...

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Successful end to WLBL and NWU discussions

The management of Windward Leeward Brewery Limited (WLBL) and the National Workers Union (NWU) have successfully concluded discussions on all outstanding issues that previously led to a four-day work stoppage by employees of the company. The agreement is that: * The NWU has formally accepted the company’s decision to make two of its employees redundant. Both parties regret the manner ...

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Scotiabank sponsors the Limacol CPL T20 cricket tournament

Scotiabank is extending its relationship with cricket by becoming an Official Partner for the first season of the 2013 Limacol Caribbean Premier League (LCPL). The sponsorship is part of the Bank’s commitment to supporting cricket across the region. “We are excited about becoming the official bank of the LCPL and contributing to the growth of a sport that celebrates Caribbean ...

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NWU to soon begin negotiations with LUCELEC

The National Workers Union (NWU) has completed the final stages of preparation to begin industrial negotiations with the management of St. Lucia Electricity Services Ltd. (LUCELEC). One year ago, the NWU was granted official trade union recognition by the Ministry of Labour. That decision was as a result of a secret ballot poll among the company’s employees which the NWU ...

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Fishermen receive payments

After months of unrest within the fishing sector due to late payments from the Saint Lucia Fish Marketing Corporation, fishermen are now relieved with consistent payments being made. According to General Manager of the Saint Lucia Fish Marketing Corporation, Vaughan Charles, the recent steady flow of payments to fishermen have kept their quarrels at bay. This has been made possible ...

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Digicel and Pinehill team up to promote better health

Digicel and Peter & Company are set to produce the healthiest and most fun-filled event in the history of St. Lucia – the highly anticipated Pinehill Fun Walk. As platinum sponsor of the 14th staging of the Pinehill Funwalk, Digicel is looking forward to an extraordinary turn-out from St. Lucians from all walks of life for this year’s event. Pinehill ...

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Canaries vibes continue with LIME in Canaries!

LIME has congratulated the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun carnival band and the Canaries community on the staging of a spectacular carnival celebration this year. Mas in Canaries reached fever pitch on Sunday, 21 July, when revellers of all ages from the village hit the streets to jump up in the parade of the bands. The jump-up was preceded by ...

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LIME sweetens the 4G experience

Hot on the heels of launching 4G mobile data, LIME has unveiled a raft of handset specials and low-cost data plans to enable customers to take full advantage of Saint Lucia’s fastest mobile network. The centrepiece of the offerings is the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is available to new and existing prepaid and postpaid customers for just $1,399. Similar discounts ...

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Electronic sport on the rise with LIME

Scores of the island’s top players were represented at the recent SauceKon: Ascension gaming tournament, and the island’s top telecommunications player, LIME, was one of the main contributors to the event’s success. Organised by the Gamer Vibe 2.0 team, which hosts a weekly gaming, entertainment and technology show on Choice TV 39, Ascension saw participants competing in four games for ...

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LIME teams up to support the elderly

Two of Saint Lucia’s iconic institutions have received support from LIME this week, in collaboration with George Theophilus, the cover subject of the telecommunications company’s 2013 Services Directory. The two institutions, both of which cater to the needs of the elderly, are the Marian Home and the Adelaide & Frances Memorial Home. Chris Williams, general manager of LIME Saint Lucia, ...

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Negotiations completed for Voice employees

The management of the Voice Publishing Company Ltd and representatives of the National Workers Union have satisfactorily completed negotiations. The company and the NWU agreed to temporarily shelve a reclassification, slotting and adjustments exercise for a period of one year. The media plant employees will now enjoy a nine percent general wage increase with three paid each year over three ...

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LIAT implements fixes to alleviate flight delays and cancellations

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIAT Mr. Ian Brunton says the company is taking urgent and decisive steps to address a series of challenges which have resulted in numerous flight delays and cancellations over the past few weeks. In a statement on Wednesday, Mr. Brunton apologised for the inconvenience caused to the airline’s customers and assured those currently being affected that ...

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NWU supports call for radical change in industrial relations, calls for ‘immediate rescue’ of labour division

While in agreement with the prime minister’s recent call for a radical change in the country’s industrial relations, the National Workers Union has said that this transformation should start with the “immediate rescue” of the Labour Department which is “almost on the brink of collapse”. In a press release, the NWU said that the department “is presently deeply rooted in ...

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Digicel rewards Common Entrance top achievers

St. Lucia’s leading telecommunications provider Digicel is again proving to ‘Be Extraordinary’ as the network on Monday, July 22, 2013 rewarded top performers at the just concluded Common Entrance Examinations. Known for offering St. Lucian society the best in service, best value and best network reliability, Digicel gave the nation’s best young minds free state-of-the-art laptop computers and a commitment ...

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Digicel connects West Indies cricket fans with their sporting heroes

As St. Lucia prepares to conclude the hosting of the third and final One Day International (ODI) match between the West Indies and Pakistan on Wednesday July 24, 2013, at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds, Digicel the ‘Be Extraordinary’ network has again thrilled cricket fans and sports enthusiasts with a rare and delightful opportunity to get up-close and personal with several ...

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NIC clarifies its position on current industrial unrest

The National Insurance Corporation (NIC) is clarifying the issues surrounding its position on the current industrial unrest being experienced within the organization. The NIC, in keeping with good management practice, conducted a reclassification exercise which was completed last year, the aim of which was to upgrade its job classification plan. Job classification is the process whereby jobs are placed in ...

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Brewery dispute ends

A meeting between Managing Director of Windward & Leeward Brewery Gregg Graves and President General of the National Workers Union (NWU) Tyrone Maynard has signaled an end to the industrial impasse between the parties. According to a press release, the NWU said it made it abundantly clear that it was not challenging the company’s decision but rather the manner in ...

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NWU and Marine Terminals sign industrial agreement

The National Workers Union (NWU) and the management of St. Lucia Marine Terminals Ltd. (SLMT) signed another industrial agreement. Clerical, engineering and technical workers employed with the company’s port operations in Vieux Fort will benefit from the provisions of the new industrial contract. SLMT and the NWU have been engaged for several months in a reclassification exercise that established suitable ...

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Darren Sammy – first BMW brand ambassador outside Germany

St. Lucian cricketer Darren Sammy has made history. He has been appointed BMW brand ambassador, the first sports personality from the Caribbean to be given this prestigious honour. BMW, through its  local agency Ultimate Automobiles, chose Sammy to represent the brand. Managing Director of Ultimate Automobiles Mario Reyes said the development has made him an extremely proud St. Lucian. “Darren ...

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Provide information on workers or face consequences – NWU to NIC

The National Workers Union (NWU) said it has given the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) an ultimatum to either provide work-related information to facilitate its industrial exercises or accept the consequences. In a press release, the NWU said the NIC has repeatedly refused to willingly provide the union with information regarding to workers. According to the union, “information previously requested by ...

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CDB provides USD$65M for LIAT fleet modernisation

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is providing loans totalling USD$65 million to four shareholder governments of regional airline LIAT – Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Dominica – to assist with the purchase of aircraft in the context of a Fleet Modernisation Project. The loan agreements provide for the loans to be on-lent to, and repaid ...

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LIAT notice of flight cancellations

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, July 19, 2013 – LIAT wishes to advise its customers travelling to/from Guyana that the following flights have been cancelled until further notice: ·         LI 773 – Barbados/Guyana ·         LI 774 – Guyana/Barbados Passengers booked to travel on these services are asked call their local LIAT office or the LIAT Call Centre from Antigua – 1-268-480-5582; toll ...

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Union official unable to tell when brewery dispute will end

It is not clear whether an agreement will be reached between the National Workers Union (NWU) and the Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited over its recent retrenchment of two workers. Discussions are expected to continue between the two bodies after a most recent meeting, held on Wednesday July 17, 2013 yielded no results. Deputy President General of the NWU Solace ...

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Digicel reports huge success since launch of new choices campaign

Just two weeks after launching its two new calling plans to prepaid customers across St Lucia, Digicel is reporting phenomenal success in how customers have been responding to, and activating, the plan of their choice. Digicel’s new 59c plan has created a lot of buzz among customers as the best rate in the market with added rewards such as talk ...

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LIME celebrates Carnival success

On Carnival Monday, something unprecedented happened on the Internet – Saint Lucia Carnival was trending on the popular social networking site, Twitter. That was surely down to national pride, but perhaps also the effect of all the high speed data-capable smartphones on the road this year, operating at hitherto unseen and perhaps unforeseen levels of efficiency, zapping every photo, video ...

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LIME 4G making it easier to do business in Saint Lucia

Most Saint Lucians know and are justifiably proud of the fact that the island has been the top-ranked CARICOM country for ease of doing business for two years running. That’s according to the World Bank Doing Business rankings, which have Saint Lucia 53rd worldwide, out of 185 nations. The rankings are based mainly on infrastructure, Government policy and the ability ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean exposes students to the world of work

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has over the past few months opened its doors and embraced four students from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College as part of their summer internship programme. The internship programme features students from the Business Studies Programme of the Division of Technical Education and Management Studies (DTEMS), and places them in various departments of CIBC FirstCaribbean ...

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Coconut Bay Beach Resort formally launches Hotel Executive Club

The Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa has formally launched its Hotel Executive Club (HEC), a grouping which primarily consists of local business executives. According to a press release, the club was designed to nurture and develop a special relationship between the hotel and what it coined as ‘quality’ local clientele. About 120 executives turned up to the three-hour launching ...

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St. Lucian elected president of ICAC

A former St. Lucian island scholar has been elected president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC) for the 2013-14 period. Frank V. Myers, assurance partner with KPMG Eastern Caribbean, who has served in the ICAC in different roles since 2001, was recently selected to lead the organization. He served as secretary and vice president of the ...

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Triple crown victory for Digicel’s musical ambassador

One of the biggest and most recognizable names in the entertainment industry, the prolific and versatile Ricky Joseph aka “Ricky-T”, has comfortably won the titles for two of the biggest music competitions for St. Lucia Carnival, Groovy and Power Soca Monarchs. Days later it would also be announced that the Digicel-endorsed musical ambassador had also copped yet another top Carnival ...

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Sea Island Cotton Shop and NWU sign industrial agreement

The management of Sea Island Cotton Shop Limited and representatives from the National Workers Union (NWU) signed their first industrial contract today, July 17, 2013. Over 60 workers employed with the company will benefit from an 8.5 percent general wage increase spread out as two percent in year one, three percent in year two and 3.5 percent in year three. ...

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Minister’s visit to Vienna, Austria hoped to bring benefits to St Lucia

The country of Austria is hoped to become more involved in St Lucia’s development following a “productive” visit by Minister for the Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy and Science and Technology Dr James Fletcher to that country recently. According to a press release, Fletcher visited Vienna, Austrie where he met with several officials of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization ...

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LIAT assures customers of its commitment to exemplary customer service

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, July 15, 2013 – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIAT Mr. Ian Brunton is assuring the traveling public of the company’s continued commitment to raising the level of customer service offered by the airline. Mr. Brunton’s assurance comes in the wake of a recent ‘Open Letter’ of complaint to the airline by a long-standing LIAT customer, Mr. ...

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United Airlines starts service to St. Lucia

United Airlines has launched weekly non-stop service to St. Lucia from its New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport. The flights, which began on July 13, 2013, operate using Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 16 United Business seats, 48 United Economy Plus seats and 90 United Economy seats. United flight 1642 departs Newark Liberty (EWR) on Saturdays at 8:55 a.m., ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank gives to pan

The CIBC First Caribbean International Bank has placed financial support behind the St. Lucia Pan Association. A press release states that public lament about the low success of the association’s sponsorship drive this year led to the gesture.  The bank last week presented a check to the organization which will go towards the hosting of this year’s Panorama. The Pan ...

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Amazing July deals at LIME

With Saint Lucia Carnival 2013 very much in the air, LIME customers continue to cash in on a bumper season of giveaways and specials as, once more, the company has unveiled a new raft of exciting offers. For the month of July LIME has amazing deals on broadband, landline and cable TV services, including huge discounts and loads of freebies. ...

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LIME networks perform admirably during passage of Chantal

LIME’s network systems held up admirably during the passage of Tropical Storm Chantal. So says LIME Saint Lucia General Manager, Chris Williams following an assessment of the company’s network performance in the wake of the storm. Chris said the company’s landline and mobile networks emerged from the passage of Chantal in good shape. LIME’S landline, Internet and LIME TV services ...

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St. Clair and Associates employees get unionized

Technical and clerical workers employed with St. Clair and Associates Inc will now receive trade union representation. This development is as a result of a secret ballot poll taken among the workers which revealed that over 54 percent of the employees voted in favour of having their interest protected by the National Workers Union (NWU). The exercise was conducted by ...

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Industrial row brewing at the Brewery

An industrial row is brewing between the management of Windward Leeward Brewery Limited and the National Workers Union (NWU). According to a press release from the NWU, “The company and the NWU have been holding discussions over the possible retrenchment of two employees. The company states that sales are down and as a result the two workers will have to ...

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Lucian Carnival gets LUCELEC support

On Tuesday, July 9, St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) employee Malaika Chester will challenge nine others for the title of Inter-commercial Calypso Monarch 2013. Chester is employed in the LUCELEC Generation Department; she won the title in 2011. Chester, who goes by the stage name “Miss Kitty”, will compete with “Missing You,” a calypso written by Jon “Buffalo” Odlum. ...

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LIME ups the ante with 1000 anywhere SMS

A few short weeks ago, LIME introduced Saint Lucia to One Rate, a single flat rate of just $0.60 per minute to call anywhere, any network, anytime. Days ago, the company launched its brand new 4G mobile data service, Saint Lucia’s fastest network, with unrivaled speeds to open up a whole new world of possibilities. Now, Saint Lucia and the ...

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Government employee wins LIME $5,000 Shopping Spree

With all the buzz about One Rate and 4G, not to mention its new Anywhere SMS promotion, LIME is still rewarding customers with great prizes. Nioma Edmund says she couldn’t believe her good fortune when she took the phone call, letting her know that she was winner of the LIME $5,000 Pay Early & Win promotion. An employee with the ...

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NWU calls on employers to engage expertise of employers federation

The National Workers Union (NWU) has called on local employers to take advantage of the industrial relations expertise which exist in the St. Lucia Employers Federation (SLEF) instead of engaging consultants who sometimes have no serious experience or knowledge in the field. In a letter addressed to the federation, the NWU said there is also a need to avoid giving ...

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Digicel offers bigger better choices to St. Lucians

Digicel St. Lucia continues to reward its valued customers, today launching two new prepaid plans into the market, the “SMILE Value Plan” and the “59 Cent Plan.” For the many Digicel customers who love value, Digicel has launched the “SMILE Value Plan,” offering 120 free minutes after five minutes on voice calling and 120 free texts after the first five ...

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Carnival 2K13 gets massive support from LIME

As carnival fever heats up and revellers get ready to hit the road, Mas lovers have been given more reason to expect a great Saint Lucia carnival in 2013. LIME, Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications service provider has stepped in with support and, once again, the company has announced a massive sponsorship package for this year’s cultural extravaganza, ...

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Digicel’s musical ambassador “RICKY T” to compete in both Groovy and Power Soca competition

One of the biggest and most recognizable names in the entertainment industry, the prolific and versatile Ricky “Ricky T” Joseph, has firmly secured his spot in two of the biggest music competitions for Saint Lucia Carnival. The Digicel endorsed musical ambassador has emerged as a serious contender making up the select list of finalists for both the Groovy and Power ...

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